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NoName
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Hello, I have posted here a couple of times about having "irrational pregnancy scares," and I have another question about my cycle. For the past 6 months or so, I have been trying to predict when I am ovulating in hopes that maybe I can ease my pregnancy worries. I know that to be truly accurate, I need to take my temperature which I also plan to do very soon. However, I have just been examining my discharge for the time being. The past few times, I have noticed that I only get this certain type of discharge for like a few days a month (stretchy, plentiful, slippery, etc.) and sure enough, about 2 weeks later, I get my period. I never get this discharge at any other time so I figure that it is a decent indicator that it is my ovulation period. My question is, I have read a million books and sites that say that the day when the discharge is most plentiful and really stretchy is the ovulation day...meaning that in approx 14 days, you should get a period. However, I have noticed sometimes that I will have a day when my discharge is the most plentiful and stretchy...and then have similar discharge a few days later that is less stretchy and less plentiful...and my period comes 14 days after THAT day, not the day when it was most plentiful. I hope I explained that well enough. Can you help explain why this is so?
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Periods don't always show up exactly 14 days after ovulation: often they do, but sometimes they don't. So, what you're seeing is very likely just normal variation. As much as we'd like them to, our bodies don't always work exactly as we predict. [Smile]

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Okay that makes sense. I have read that the "luteal phase" is very consistent at 14 to 16 days, is that true? And if you ovulate, you HAVE to have a period, is that also right?
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Yep, that phase doesn't tend to vary much.

In terms of having to have a period if you ovulate, no, that's not always true. It often is what happens, but for a bunch of different reasons, sometimes people don't always develop enough uterine lining to shed it when implantation doesn't happen or have their body send the chemical signals to menstruate.

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Oh I see! Thanks a bunch! Wow those answers were fast!
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